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This review is from: Town Line (Audio CD)
I've been a huge advocate for Aaron Lewis for years now. Ever since I first heard `Mudshovel' I've been a gigantic fan of Staind and I've always toted Lewis as the greatest voice in modern rock music, and even when the band shed their heavy edge and rerouted their sound to a more acoustic and melodic vibe I still considered them superior to most rock bands out there. They really know how to stay true to themselves and they evolve with grace. Hearing Aaron Lewis attempt country music should come off as a huge surprise. His voice has the raspy wholesomeness needed to capture the spirit of country music whist maintaining enough rock edge to constitute southern rock as apposed to straight up country music.
Think Nickleback with a better vocalist.
The EP, `Town Line', isn't a home run for Aaron. It has its moments, but I'm anticipating something a little fuller from him, whenever he releases a full length album. I've been anticipating a solo effort from him for years, and ideally it would be Aaron, an acoustic guitar and some heartache; but I'll take a country album if that's what he wants to do.
The three versions of `Country Boy' are decent enough. The album version with aid from George Jones and Charlie Daniels is ok, but I am not a political person and the whole country political jargon at the end of the song is off putting (and I only accept `weed' talk from rappers...and if you are going to pick a word to rhyme with `truck', please don't use the word `buck'). The acoustic version and the Radio Edit are better (since they don't contain the spoken word political speech at the end), but I'm not totally fond of the song itself.
I much prefer `The Story Never Ends', the albums opener. The song allows Aaron to show the grace in his voice (I love the way he can show such vulnerability, the tone in his voice conveying swelling emotion, as if he were crying). He is so endearing when he sings. `Vicious Circles' is beautifully sung and beautifully constructed; simple yet reaching. `Massachusetts' made me cry when I first heard it; it is just so full of relatable emotions.
But the best song here is `Tangled Up In You', which was also on Staind's previous album. The introduction of female backing vocals adds a lot to the already outstanding song. I loved it then and love it now, but it just doesn't feel like a new song and so it's hard to judge it as part of this album.
I already have that song!
Alas, I like this EP and it certainly wet my appetite for his next offering. I like this direction he's taking, and I can't wait to see what he does with it next.
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Initial post: Mar 3, 2011 7:47:18 PM PST
I agree with everything but Tangled Up in You. The female vocals really hurt the song for me. Probably because I was such a big fan of the original. Although, I'm one of those people who preferred Seether's original version of Broken, rather than the one with Amy Lee.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 5:43:19 AM PST
Andrew Ellington says:
Ah, and see, I much prefer the version with Amy Lee. I have this thing for female vocalists though, so it's a personal thing. Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you found my review 'mostly' helpful :-D
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